July 28th, 2013
The stomp grips I ordered finally arrived yesterday. I took just over a week from order to delivery, which frankly I thought was a little poor, especially as the stockist claimed they were in stock at the time of order. I guess that's the risk you run by ordering online. I'll get them on the bike in the next few days. Before I even think about it thou, the Ducati really needs a clean. If I were to use one word to describe my bike at the moment, that word would be 'filthy'.
Sarah has popped down to the South Coast to spend the week back home and I am seriously jealous. Poole have a Bike Night on Tuesday and if the weather is good enough, I think I'll make the trip down from London. Even if I don't I'm down there at the weekend anyway.
I've been looking into getting a second helmet to replace the Arai damaged at Brands Hatch. I'm giving serious thought to picking up a Shoei X-Spirit 2 (X-12 if you reading from the States) I have't used a Shoei for a bit but have always been impressed with them. My theory with motorcycle helmets is really buy the best you can afford. If you can afford a £300 lid, don't buy one with a price tag of £50. They may pass the required test, but they will be heavy, the lining will be crappy and they will be really basic. I know how much my head is worth and I think its much better to have spent the money before I come off the bike. Now, which design shall I go for?
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My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.